Forty-four years given to Algona schools

Special education teacher Kim Benson and teacher's associate Marty Besch retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Special education teacher Kim Benson and teacher’s associate Marty Besch retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

 

This year Algona Community Schools had two retirees, Kim Benson and Marty Besch. Both were recognized at the end of the year luncheon on May 24, 2019. 

Kim Benson has taught for a total of 34 years. After graduating from college, she worked in Estherville for four years as an elementary moderate special education teacher. She then was hired by Algona. Through Algona she has worked at St. Joe, LuVerne, Seton, OB Laing, and the new Algona Middle School. Benson will miss “the sparkle in students’ eyes and the smiles on their faces when they understand a new concept for the first time.” She really enjoyed watching students grow and discover who they are and what they are capable of. She will also miss the laughter and long talks with her colleagues. In retirement, Benson plans on spending time with family, spending more time in the kitchen, and sewing. 

Marty Besch has been a teacher’s associate at Algona for 14 years. She worked for four years at Bryant, three years with Zoe Dau, and seven years in the preschool room. Besch has enjoyed her time with the many students she has worked throughout the years with but is looking forward to the next step in her life.